5k Done Right

Do you remember back in 2010 when I had a New Year Resolution to run a 5k? Remember when I ran a 5k but had the most miserable experience because I didn’t train for it? Then do you remember when I was in that giant cast?

It seems like it was only yesterday but you guys…that was almost 2 years ago!

As you know, my health has drastically improved since moving to Massachusetts. Not only have I been able to decrease the amount of Remicade medication, but increase the amount of time between infusions. A huge thing for me.

What I didn’t really explain during my update is the fact that I ran a 5k on October 19th. However, this time, you guys, I trained. I trained for 8 weeks. The girl who has arthritis…ran. And there wasn’t someone chasing me with a knife.

I ran. I ran and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

Let me back up to just over 8 weeks ago. I joined a running club at work; a club with just 5 gals, but a little club where we promised we would run together at least once a week with the end goal of running a 5k together. On race day, all friends and family are invited to join our little group. 🙂

I did my research and my homework, and instead of running a 5k unprepared, I wanted to do it the right way.

So, how did I do it?

Well there is this program called Couch–to-5k. Some of you may have heard of it, but for those who haven’t, well…it’s amazing. It starts you off as if you’ve never run a day in your life. And who am I kidding, I really haven’t. It’s 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, 8 week program that gradually transforms you from couch potato to a runner.

To give you an example, on Week 1, Day 1 you start off with a brisk five-minute warm-up walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.  As the weeks progress, the training continues to gradually increase.

I thoroughly enjoyed this program and if I haven’t said it enough I highly recommend it. Here’s why:

  1. I could do this program at my own pace. I wasn’t forced to run at a certain speed. Just run for 90 seconds. No one telling me: “you must run 1 mile in 10 minutes” or “you must complete a quarter of a mile in 3 minutes”. I could run at my own pace.
  2. 3 days a week – easy. 30 minutes, 3 days a week, absolutely do-able.
  3. I found a free app called “C25k Free”. It kept track of what session and day I was on, told me when to run, told me when to walk, and just told me what to do.

Okay and here’s two more reasons why I enjoyed running, although these may not apply directly to you:

  1. I’m at sea level. Bye-bye altitude! HA HA!
  2. I’m in the New England area and I’ve seen the most amazing views of some stunning Autumn colors.

So how did I do at the race? Well….

So, what have I been doing since the race? Well, honestly recovering from that nasty cold. I took a week off but missed running more than I ever imagined.

I actually missed it so much that I ran during my lunch hour yesterday. I’ve actually set-up my schedule to run during lunch more often given the fact that there’s less daylight. *sigh* At least I get to enjoy the last little bit of Autumn before it disappears.

I’m already signed up for my next race which is scheduled for this Saturday, November 9th and dogs are welcome. My running club is so excited that we get to run with dogs that they’ve asked if they could borrow mine.

AWESOME. Just pure awesome.

I also found out today when my local Jingle Bell Run is and I’m looking forward to running it and redeeming that horrible fiasco that still feels like yesterday.

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If anything it will help keep the winter blues away and continue the momentum of running. After all, I worked hard for 8 weeks to get where I am at and now I’d like to prove to myself I can stay there.

So that’s it. That’s essentially what I’ve been doing the last 8 weeks while I was in the middle of purchasing a house, moving, and driving across the country. You know, because I wasn’t busy enough…I guess?

Now, the question is, have you tried a program like this before? Did you ever accomplish something that you never thought was possible?

I’d love to hear your stories.

I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. I just like sharing things I have enjoyed! 🙂 Please seek medical advice before starting a new exercise program. After all, I’m not a doctor.

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